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BMDP - Defense Policy

Strategic Studies Programs Graduate Master of Arts

Program Delivery

Online Program

Program Level


Degree Designation

Master of Arts

Program Type



College of Graduate & Continuing Studies

Program Description

The Defense Policy graduate program is designed for U.S. military personnel, Defense Department civilian personnel, State Department personnel, government contractors, and non-profit organization employees. The program will explore the relationship between defense policies and national power. Relevant topics of study will include human rights, international law, intelligence, kinetic operations, conflict management, and interagency activities. Students will focus on North America or one of five other regions in the world. The program also has broad applications in areas such as leadership, technology, communications, and management.

Program Specific Admission Requirements

  • A minimum of an awarded bachelor's degree from a an accredited undergraduate institution;

  • A score of 550 or higher on the TOEFL (or equivalent on the computer-based version) for
    students whose primary language is not English;

  • Personal statement outlining career objectives, suitability for graduate study, on-line study, and reasons for undertaking graduate work;

  • Résumé or curriculum vitae


Synthesize contemporary and past scholarly and official sources regarding defense policies in a region of the world.


Evaluate major trends in defense policies relating to kinetic operations, contingency planning, human rights, international law, intelligence, conflict management, diplomacy, international relations, peacekeeping, and/or historical patterns in a region of the world.


Analyze theories of defense policy with the goal of applying these theories to better understand contexts, causes, conduct, and consequences of defense-related activities.


Assess the interrelationship of defense policy and strategy in a regional operating environment.


Research and design a capstone project that plans for the effective application of defense policy that could achieve a national objective or solve a real-world problem.